Smiley: Wild Kingdom golf

Our stories on golfing and the abundant wildlife around City Park/University Lakes reminds Roy Pitchford, of Monroe, about a golf course for especially hardy players:

“On a golf course I often played in Odessa, Texas, the players were warned to beware of rattlesnakes when looking for a ball hit into the rough.

“And they were told that if a prairie dog or ground squirrel ran out and snatched their golf ball, they could replace it without penalty.”

Surprise, surprise!

Judy Scimeca says it appeared her grandson, Beau Witty, and other seniors on the Brusly High baseball team would miss their graduation ceremony Friday — they’re playing in the 3A championship games in Sulphur.

But on Wednesday “all their families were there with their caps and gowns for a surprise graduation ceremony in front of the rest of their class.

“It was very touching when we all walked into the gym and saw the surprises on their faces! Thank you, Brusly High, for a fantastic memory!”

Multiple names

Kim “Pops” Seago, of Columbia, Tennessee, tells of holding two jobs at the same time and getting widely varied responses to them:

“I was a Baptist minister of music in Walker and the Baton Rouge area for many years — while working as a probation and parole agent.

“Whenever I introduce myself to someone new here in Tennessee, I tell them to call me Kim, Pops or ‘Hey you!’ to get my attention, as I am partially deaf.

“I often go on to tell them that I was also called many other names as a probation officer, but most of them I would not repeat.”

The synagogue store

At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, the Ace Hardware Store in Donaldsonville will be the scene of a most unusual presentation.

The store, a wooden building at 301 Railroad Ave., is in a former synagogue, the Bikur Cholim Synagogue, built in 1872.

In the late 1940s the congregation was dissolved for lack of membership.

Congregation B’Nai Israel of Baton Rouge will host the unveiling of a poster to be displayed in the store’s window telling its history.

State of confusion

I hesitate to open this particular can of worms, because we discussed it a while back until we were all sick of the subject.

But here’s one more go at it:

W. Hodges Mercer says, “Recently, people have commented about accents.

“Well, what about how we pronounce the name of our state?

“I’m from Taylortown, just south of Bossier City, population 46 when I lived there.

“We pronounced it ‘Lou-zee-anna,’ as did most country people up that way.

“My wife, from New Orleans, says that’s wrong. She says ‘Lou-eez-e-anna.’

“OK, what is correct?”

Worthy causes

“Lions Awareness Day” is Saturday, May 17, at 6201 Florida Blvd.

Applications will be taken for eyeglasses, and free eye and ear tests for pre-school children will be offered. Applications for the Lions Camp for disabled children will also be taken.

Call (225) 756-7077 or (225) 261-8683.

Special People Dept.

Mary Ella Wiser Skyring, of Whealdon Estates, celebrates her 93rd birthday on Saturday, May 17. She began painting at age 88, and some of her art is exhibited at Whealdon.

Zula Bertrand, of Lawtell, celebrates her 93rd birthday on Friday, May 16.

Shirley Bourque, of Gonzales, celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, May 16.

Bill Shaffer celebrates his 90th birthday on Saturday, May 18.

On Saturday, May 17, Buck and Mitzi Grantham, of Denham Springs, celebrate 64 years of marriage.

Jay and Verina Weaver celebrate their 58th anniversary on Saturday, May 17.

Charles and Carole Pearson celebrate their 58th anniversary on Sunday, May 18.

Super market

Dudley Lehew, of Denham Springs, says, “Your recent odd pairings in businesses reminded me of when I left The Associated Press in New York to return to the South.

“Since I had no job awaiting me, several of my colleagues raised in the Frozen Nawth asked me what I planned to do.

“In my ‘good ole boy’ accent, I said, ‘Well, I’m going to open a business — in a building that has a bait shop on one end and a leisure suit factory on the other.’

“They walked away shaking their heads in disbelief.”

Obey that sign!

Sarah Stravinska, of Chestnut, tells of her early life in New York City:

“As a 16-year-old from Dayton, Ohio, I pretty much just bumbled about in The Big Apple.

“One time I was waiting for a bus and saw a sign that said ‘No Standing.’

“I didn’t see any benches where I could sit.

“Didn’t want to get arrested for standing, so I paced until the bus came.”

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.